康乃馨的悄悄话

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Khmer mother

Khmer mother

爱已经存在在某个角落,是你从不留意的角落。我们是否从不稀罕人家对我的善意,我们甚至会猜想他们是否对我们有企图心。

可是有一种爱,你可以不用怀疑,那就是母亲的爱。打从我降生在这个世界上,当我张开小小的眼睛,我愣住一个人的样貌,她是多么亲切、熟悉的脸孔。

从那时,我开始领悟,我的生活不能缺乏母亲。她负责照料三餐,每一日做家务,把家里打理得井井有条。

母亲是一把雨伞,为我阻挡暴风雨。犹记小学时在学校被人欺负、被老师责骂,第一个想求助的人是母亲,心里极想快点放学回家,跟母亲倾诉我的苦处,抱著她的大腿稀里哗啦的哭。

十几年后,我渐渐长大,发现母亲的身躯越来越矮小。以前我们一起结伴同行,如今我的步伐待调整。我不能走得太快,否则她会落后,跟不上我的脚步。当我停下来,望著母亲年迈的脸孔以及矮小的身躯。我才领悟,岁月神偷已毫不留情地夺走了她最宝贵的青春。

身为儿女的我们,还有多少年日和机会报答母亲的恩情呢?我唯有祈祷上帝,利用我在世的年日,好好疼惜你,孝顺你这辈子。

[文:雄猫眼,刊登于星洲日报副刊]
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Let’s go Cambodia – arrival in Siem Reap

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faces of Cambodia

faces of Cambodia

Sua s‘dei! (hello in Khmer) Early of April, I was on a 3-day and 2-night tour in Cambodia with friends. I knew three days would be too short to explore the tranquil beauty of the land of most magnificent temples in the world. So I’d decided to take as many photos as possible. The trip had turned to a training ground for photography.

Most friends on this trip including I had not been to Cambodia, so we knew next to nothing of the country. On our arrival in Siem Reap, we were so excited and anticipated of what was to come. As for my first impression when we arrived, Cambodia would be similar to Thailand of its architecture, culture and art, until I studied the distinctiveness of the country and people on the three days exploration.

Well, I have to spare more time to do the photos and writings these days. Let’s have a quick through of our packed itinerary:

Day 1

  • arrived Siem Reap
  • visited Ta Prohm Temple
  • visited Angkor Wat
  • took bus to Phnom Penh

Day 2

  • visited Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • shopped at Russian Market
  • visited Killing Fields
  • Mekong River cruise

Day 3

  • shopped at Russian Market
  • shopped Central Market
  • goodbye Cambodia

May all beings be happy. Sharing some shots of the arrival in Siem Reap.

took AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap

took AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap

"Pray for Japan from Cambodia"

"Pray for Japan from Cambodia"

welcome! immigration clearance..

welcome! immigration clearance..

legal liquor advertising

legal liquor advertising

barefooted Khmer kid

barefooted Khmer kid

Khmer breakfast

Khmer breakfast

bike

bike

Khmer wording, probably saying smoking kills

Khmer wording, probably saying smoking kills

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RM400 of Chinese New Year couplets for 2011

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juesatta awakening foundation logo (draft)

juesatta awakening foundation logo (draft)

Early this month, the organising committees of Chun Nuan Ren Jian, Jia Jia Tie Chun Lian (春暖人间、家家贴春联) handed an amount of RM90,000 donation to St John Bachang Haemodialysis Centre. This amount of money was collected from the sale of Chinese New Year couplets prior to Chinese New Year of this year.

The event which held annually is a great success. Over the 8 years, this fundraising event has collected a total amount of RM567,000. Most of the volunteers were Chinese calligraphers consisted of senior citizens and students actively helping to write the couplets and promote to the public.

Besides promoting Chinese calligraphy and encouraging Chinese households to paste couplets on the gateposts or door panels, every year the event aims to support St. John Bachang Haemodialysis Centre, an NGO which charges only RM10 per dialysis treatment for patients who suffer from kidney disease. The money collected from the sale will be donated to the centre and help to ease the finance burdens.

During the handing over of the donation to centre, the organizing committees expressed gratitude to all who volunteered for the event and to public including schools and societies who showed their great supports. Without such support, the event could not be as successful.

And here in juesatta, we helped to promote the Chinese couplets too as of last year. We would like to thank to our friends for the support as we managed to collect an amount of RM400 from the sale of the Chinese couplets. The fund collected here had been handed to the organising committees in March.

Once again thank you and may all beings be happy.

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Earth Day 2011

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April 22 - Earth Day

April 22 - Earth Day

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

But Earth Day Network does not stop there.

All of EDN’s activities, whether greening schools or promoting green economic policies at home and abroad, inform and energize populations so they will act to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children. With its partner organizations, EDN provides civic engagement opportunities at the local, state, national and global levels. At every turn, EDN works to broaden the definition of “environment” to include all issues that affect our health, our communities and our environment, such as greening deteriorated schools, creating green jobs and investment, and promoting activism to stop air and water pollution.

Over the last 40 years, EDN has executed successful environmental campaigns on issues ranging climate change and drinking water to voter registration and saving the whale. EDN is a recognized leader in creating civically–oriented innovative programs with partners outside of the environmental movement to tackle new challenges. Our core programs today focus on:

Greening Schools and Promoting Environmental Education

In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council and The Clinton Foundation, EDN’s Green Schools Campaign, aims to green all of America’s K-12 schools within a generation.  Green schools save money, conserve energy and water, and foster better-performing, healthier students.  EDN’s Educator’s Network, used by over 30,000 teachers and administrators nationwide, provides innovative tools and resources to promote civic participation and to develop a sense of environmental responsibility among students of all ages. Together, EDN’s Education and Policy Teams organize federal and state legislative campaigns to green school facilities, improve school food, and enhance environmental education and civic engagement.  These include the Healthy Schools Act, No Child Left Inside, the National Civic Education Project, No Idling and the Climate Change Educators’ Grant.  EDN is also working internationally to promote green schools and improve environmental education.

Accelerating the Global Green Economy

For years, EDN has created dialogues and conferences engaging civil society, corporate, and government leaders on how to transition from a traditional, fossil fuel-based economy to one based on renewable energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable development principles. Our Global Day of Conversation provides local government leaders with an opportunity to engage with their constituents in a dialogue about renewable energy, sustainability and the green economy. The Creating Climate Wealth Conference co-hosted in 2010 with Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room and now planned as an annual event, convenes the world’s most successful green business leaders. EDN’s newest initiative, Women and the Green Economy (WAGE™), is promoting the unique leadership role women bring to advancing green economic and investment policies at the international, national and local levels.

A Billion Acts of Green®

From greening schools to hosting town hall discussions on clean energy investment and green jobs, Earth Day Network leads its network in thousands of Earth Day events and actions worldwide each year.  To catalyze global environmental activism, Earth Day Network has chosen A Billion Acts of Green® as the theme for Earth Day 2011. At over 40 million actions to date, A Billion Acts of Green®–the largest environmental service campaign in the world–inspires and rewards simple individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that further the goal of measurably reducing carbon emissions and supporting sustainability. The goal is to register one billion actions in advance of the global Earth Summit in Rio in 2012.

[source: http://www.earthday.org/]
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March.April 2011

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play time

play time

Time goes? Perhaps no. Time stays, we go. Agreeing with English poet Austin Dobson, I think time makes us old, makes us change, makes us transform but time never change and it only remains as present.

We have come to April, where many bEEautiful tropical flowers blossom everywhere in Melaka and attract many flower lovers. The colorful flowers have made Melaka vibrant and attractive especially the bougainvilleas (also known as paper flower) flaunt their extravagant beauty for all to see.

Ever since my last overseas trip to Thailand last year, I’d been thinking for another trip to one of the South East Asia countries. My dream came true and I was invited to join a trip to Cambodia with some friends in early April. Even though it was a short 3 days 2 nights tour, we enjoyed natural beauty, spectacular view and warm friendly people of Khmer.

On the other hand, we are still keeping track on the news of Japan after the triple tragedy. Since March 11, few aftershocks have continued to rattle the nation and have renewed concerns about the fragile condition of the Fukushima nuclear facility, which continues to leak radiation into the ocean and atmosphere. Let us pray for Japan and what they are going through.

Sharing some shots taken in Melaka last month and early April. Last photo here was taken in Cambodia at the Siem Reap International Airport and I will post more photos of the Cambodia trip shortly.

May all beings bEE happy.

school (Masjid Tanah Chinese Primary School)

school (Masjid Tanah Chinese Primary School)

this way

this way

stranger in town

stranger in town

dusk of hospital (General Hospital of Melaka)

dusk of hospital (General Hospital of Melaka)

fun to learn

fun to learn

"I have a dream"

"I have a dream"

bougainvillea

bougainvillea

indulgence

indulgence

time (Siem Reap International Airport)

time (Siem Reap International Airport)

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